Renowned poet to read at Cambridge Campus

Anoka-Ramsey Community College welcomes poet Ed Bok Lee for its annual Minnesota Writer event, April 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus, Juanita and Charles Peterson Community Room (G202). The event is free and public is invited.

Ed Bok Lee
Ed Bok Lee

Lee will read from and discuss his most recent collection of poems, “Whorled,” winner of a 2012 American Book Award and 2012 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. The book will be available for purchase before and after the event.

In “Whorled,” Lee looks toward a global future, one where the dividing lines between state, religion, race, history and culture are blurred to the extent that the very idea of difference requires a new understanding.

What does it mean to be a global citizen in an era of constant war, rampant industrialization and ever-advancing technology? Whorled strives to give a voice to those left out with words of loss and longing, confrontation and celebration. From gambling Buddhists at a Midwest Native American casino, to a Russian rave, to ancient Xanadu, Lee’s ever-wandering cultural and spiritual nomads struggle to make sense of what it means to be a citizen of an increasingly homeless world.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Lee: “Ed Bok Lee’s voice contains outrage…tenderness [and] searing honesty…vital to the American landscape.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune review said: “A potent voice for young immigrants and their second—and third-generation peers, poet Ed Bok Lee’s…galloping imagination…clearly describes what it’s like to be part of a global generation.”

About Ed Bok Lee

A best-selling author and internationally-touring poet, Lee has appeared on public radio, public television, and MTV.

Ed Bok Lee is the son of Korean immigrants, his mother from what is now North Korea, his father from the South. Lee was raised in South Korea, North Dakota and Minnesota.

A former bartender, physical education instructor, journalist, and translator, Lee studied in the U.S., South Korea, Kazakhstan and Russia, earning a master in fine arts from Brown University. Lee has shared his work in journals, anthologies, and on stages across North America, Europe and Asia, as well as on public radio and MTV. He has read and performed his poems at hundreds of venues across North America, Europe and Asia, including colleges and universities.

His sensational debut, “Real Karaoke People,” was a national bestseller in poetry and the winner of a Many Voices Prize, an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), and a PEN/Open Book Award.

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